Personal Cigar Review: El Septimo Gilgamesh Collection Sable Shamash

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Cigar Details: El Septimo Gilgamesh Collection Sable Shamash

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 5.9″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Costa Rica
  • Wrapper: Costa Rica
  • Binder: Costa Rica
  • Filler: Costa Rica
  • Factory: El Septimo
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $20.00
  • Release Date: March 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates via Corona Cigar Co.

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the El Septimo Gilgamesh Collection Sable Shamash is a marbled dark brown with a tinge of red to it. The foot is covered with folded over wrapper that appears to be glued down, which I don’t recall seeing before. There are some lightly raised veins while the seams are smooth and caps well applied. The band is black and greenish gold and denotes the brand and series. The aroma from the wrapper and closed foot is a dark, damp, barnyard funk. The pre-light draw is interesting as it brings a mix of oak and cedar along with light amounts of raisin sweetness and spice, along with a mild spice on my lips.

First Third

The cigar begins with musty, toasted oak with a slightly sharp black pepper a bit behind. At a half inch in, the black pepper has lost the sharpness and now has a very long finish. The retrohale is toasted oak and black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the musty, toasted oak remains up front with the black pepper a bit behind but maintaining its long finish. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, some light, dry earth joins the profile. The retrohale now has musty, toasted oak up front, with dry earth behind and mild black pepper. At a half inch in, some light creaminess joins in. At an inch in, the black pepper has mellowed a bit. At an inch and a quarter, the earth has picked up and now occupies the finish. As the third wraps up, the profile is musty, toasted oak and dry earth up front with light creaminess and black pepper in the background. The strength remained at slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third starts with the black pepper picking up a bit. At a half inch in, the cigar warms up and a light mintiness joins in. The retrohale is now musty, toasted wood and light mintiness. At an inch in, the mintiness has become quite full. The cigar wraps up with the musty, toasted oak and dry earth up front with the mintiness right behind. The strength remained at slightly above medium.

Burn

The burn was wavy throughout and required two touch-ups to keep things in line. The cigar also went out once, requiring a re-light.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with musty, toasted oak with a slightly sharp black pepper a bit behind. The second third saw some dry earth join in as well as some creaminess. The final third saw the cigar warm up and some mintiness join in and build up. The El Septimo Gilgamesh Collection Sable Shamash had an average flavor profile throughout. I’m sure bringing out the lighter a few times didn’t help. Always interesting trying a new brand, but at the high price point, it’s not something I’d return to. I do look forward to trying some of their other offerings though.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.30

Cost/Point

$3.77

Scoring System

Aaron
Very GoodPre
Light
AverageFirst
Third
AverageSecond
Third
AverageFinal
Third
AverageBurn
Very GoodDraw
AverageOverall
Personal Cigar Review: El Septimo Gilgamesh Collection Sable Shamash
Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: El Septimo Gilgamesh Collection Sable Shamash

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